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Lindex sets out new sustainability goals
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:37:00 GMT


Swedish fashion retailer Lindex has set the goal of making at least 80% of its garments from more sustainable fibres by 2020 - and has pledged that all cotton will come from sustainable sources by the same time.
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DENIM DAYS: New technologies transforming production
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:32:00 GMT


Behind every innovative item of clothing is likely to be an innovative technology. Coupled with the drive towards a more sustainable supply chain, some exciting new developments are emerging, from ozone and laser technology to nanobubbles and odour prevention - all of which were presented at this month's Amsterdam Denim Days event.
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Nepal earthquake prompts Bangladesh factory checks
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:02:00 GMT


Garment workers in Bangladesh have been panicked by the powerful earthquake that shook Nepal on Saturday (25 April), with many calling helplines concerned about cracks in factory buildings.
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John Lewis sets sustainable cotton target
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:14:00 GMT


Department store retailer John Lewis has set a target to buy 25% of its cotton from more sustainable sources by the end of 2015/16 and 50% by the end of 2020/21.
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Indian industry mulling Vietnam textile park?
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:41:00 GMT


India is looking at the possibility of setting up a textile park in Vietnam in a move that could boost trade and investment in man-made fibres and fabric between the two countries.
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Success on the horizon for Crocs
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:48:00 GMT


Success is on the horizon for US footwear business Crocs, one analyst believes, with 2015 set to be "a transition year" for the group.
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SOURCING: China undisputed giant of garment exports
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:46:00 GMT


Despite interest in East Africa as a future apparel making hub, it is likely to remain a small part of the global sourcing map over the next five years. Instead, China continues to dominate global garment exports, with Bangladesh and Vietnam the top alternatives.
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SOURCING: Apparel buyers point to potential in Africa
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:26:00 GMT


Interest in sourcing apparel from sub-Saharan Africa might be on the rise, yet the results of new survey suggest few players currently have concrete plans to tap into its potential.
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Australian fashion firms lack supply chain visibility
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:28:00 GMT


Australian fashion brands still aren't doing enough to protect workers in their international supply chains, with many lacking full transparency and a knowledge of where their raw materials are sourced, a new report has found.
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John Lewis outlines cotton sustainability target
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:14:00 GMT


Department store retailer John Lewis has targeted to source 25% of cotton from more sustainable sources by the end of 2015/16 and 50% by the end of 2020/21.
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India to set up $300m Vietnam textile park
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:41:00 GMT


India is to set up a US$300m textile investment park in Vietnam in a move that will enhance the trade and investment of man-made fibre textiles between the two countries.
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US and UK trade groups form footwear alliance
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:55:00 GMT


The British Footwear Association (BFA) and the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) have formed a partnership aimed at enhancing the cooperation of footwear firms in the two countries.
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Chinese consumers most environmentally conscious
Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:11:00 GMT


Chinese consumers are among the most environmentally conscious in the world, a new study has revealed, but are unwilling to pay more for "greener" products.
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DENIM DAYS: Denim taking on sustainable approach
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:31:00 GMT


Around 3,000 gallons of water are used to produce a single pair of jeans. Add to that the chemicals and dyes, the energy for drying, and the manpower to produce. On top of this there's the fact the average person owns around seven pairs of jeans - which gives some idea of the scale of the sustainability issue in producing this staple wardrobe item.
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Trade Promotion Authority takes a step forward
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:06:00 GMT


Just a few days after the introduction of a package of bills to help invigorate a long-delayed US trade agenda, both the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee have passed the legislation.
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India garment unions plan joint organisation
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:08:00 GMT


Unions in India's textile and garment sector have agreed to work towards the joint organisation of workers.
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French Connection shares fall on profit warning
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:20:00 GMT


UK fashion retailer French Connection has seen its share price decline 18% this morning (24 April) after warning its full-year performance will be below market expectations.
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Top stories this week on just-style...
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:13:00 GMT


The most-read stories on just-style this week include the news that Chinese investment could flow into the Moroccan clothing and textile manufacturing industry, Benetton doubling its compensation for Rana Plaza victims to $1.6m, and an analysis of Adidas Group's annual sustainability report.
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Steve Madden reaffirms FY despite Q1 declines
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:54:00 GMT


US fashion footwear and accessories specialist Steve Madden has reaffirmed its full-year outlook despite recording a decline in first-quarter earnings and a narrowing of gross margin.
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Bayer launches eco-friendly polyurethanes
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:55:00 GMT


Bayer Materialscience has unveiled Impranil Eco - a new range of waterborne, bio-based polyurethane (PU) dispersions with a renewable content of up to 65%.
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Rana Plaza two years on: Timeline of change
Wed, 08 Apr 2015 16:49:00 GMT


On the day of the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, just-style looks at the changes and progress that have been made within the readymade garment industry. While there are still calls for victim compensation and greater social dialogue, the efforts made in improving working conditions have been applauded.
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Acquisitions drive Hanesbrands record Q1
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:20:00 GMT


Apparel business Hanesbrands announced record revenue figures for the first quarter, buoyed by the impact of new acquisitions DBApparel, Maidenform and Gear for Sports.
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Government urged to act on clothing sustainability
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:48:00 GMT


Government support is needed to help retailers address the issue of sustainable clothing consumption, according to new research.
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Rana Plaza two years on: Progress made but problems remain
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:37:00 GMT


Two years on from the Rana Plaza disaster, stakeholders have highlighted the progress made towards a safer ready-made garment industry in Bangladesh - and the challenges that still lie ahead.
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Australian fashion firms lack supply chain visibility
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:28:00 GMT


Australian fashion brands still aren't doing enough to protect workers in their international supply chains, with many lacking full transparency and a knowledge of where their raw materials are sourced, a new report has found.
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Gap's woes "not so easy to fix"
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:32:00 GMT


Gap is "not close" to finding the right formula to turn around the Gap brand's fortunes in the US market, an analyst believes.
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Rana Plaza two years on: Challenges and concerns
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:32:00 GMT


Two years ago today (24 April), one of the world's worst industrial disasters took place when the Rana Plaza factory complex in Bangladesh collapsed, killing 1,134 garment workers and injuring 2,378 more. The tragedy was undoubtedly a catalyst for change in the way the apparel industry looks at its responsibility towards the entire supply chain, but new concerns and frustrations are now coming to the fore for industry executives.
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Gymboree "pleased" with Q4 progress
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:50:00 GMT


US children's apparel retailer Gymboree Corporation said it is pleased with the progress it made in the fourth quarter as it reduced its net losses and booked increases in both sales and gross margins.
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Event to spark debate on sustainability in fashion
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:34:00 GMT


A conference taking place in June aims to spark debate on ways in which the textile and clothing industry can take a step-change in its approach to sustainability in terms of design, technology and collaborative action.
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Rana Plaza two years on: Change and challenges
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:32:00 GMT


Two years ago today (24 April), one of the world's worst industrial disasters took place when the Rana Plaza factory complex in Bangladesh collapsed, killing 1,134 garment workers and injuring 2,378 more. The tragedy was undoubtedly a catalyst for change in the way the apparel industry looks at its responsibility towards the entire supply chain, but new concerns and frustrations are now coming to the fore.
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UK retail sales enjoy "bumper" March
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:22:00 GMT


UK retail sales continued to increase in what has been described as a "bumper" March, with total sales up in almost all categories, including apparel and footwear.
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Unifi Q3 profit doubles despite sales drop
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:21:00 GMT


Yarn manufacturer Unifi has said it will continue to evaluate opportunities to increase capacity in the CAFTA and NAFTA regions after more than doubling its third-quarter profit.
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TJX chairman Cammarata to retire
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:17:00 GMT


Bernard Cammarata, the chairman and founder of US off-price retailer The TJX Companies is to retire.
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Cherokee signs Sears Canada licensing deal
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:25:00 GMT


Cherokee Global Brands has entered into a license agreement with Sears Canada for a men's, women's and children's clothing, footwear and accessories line.
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Quiksilver shareholder calls for sale
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:10:00 GMT


Ryan Drexler, president of private equity firm Consac and Quiksilver shareholder, has again called on the board to consider a sale.
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Cotton Campaign urges continued Uzbek action
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:08:00 GMT


A number of organisations have written to US Secretary of State John Kerry to urge continued action against the government of Uzbekistan over its forced labour record.
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Skechers profit surges again in Q1
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:22:00 GMT


Fast-growing footwear business Skechers posted another quarter of record revenues, with net profit nearly doubling on last year's first quarter.
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Internet of Things "to generate US$8trn"
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:33:00 GMT


The Internet of Things (IoT) could generate some US$8trn in value over the next decade, driving higher efficiency in the global supply chain, says a new report.
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Authentic Brands acquires Jones New York
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:43:00 GMT


Authentic Brands Group (ABG) has acquired US fashion brand Jones New York and has appointed the former CEO of LVMH as strategic advisor.
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AAFA wants Cambodia union case "resolution"
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:49:00 GMT


The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) has written to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen to urge a "timely resolution" to court cases against union leaders in the country.
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Myanmar garment workers strike deal
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:42:00 GMT


Striking garment workers in Myanmar have ended their action after securing a 37% pay rise and other benefits.
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Timberland makes social compliance improvements
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:03:00 GMT


VF Corp-owned Timberland said 73% of its production in 2014 came from factories with demonstrated social/labour management systems.
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DENIM DAYS: Jeans innovation bursting at the seams
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:41:00 GMT


Digitally printed jeans described as the ultimate sustainable product, more sophisticated weaves, and vegan fabrics are just a few of the innovations being launched across the global denim industry.
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Software to streamline Genesco product development
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:02:00 GMT


US apparel and footwear retailer Genesco has selected a series of solutions from provider DeSL to streamline complex product development and sourcing information.
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African retailer Ackermans invests in PLM software
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:24:00 GMT


Value fashion retailer Ackermans, part of the Pepkor Group of companies, has become the first product lifecycle management (PLM) software customer for Centric Software in Africa.
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Reliance Retail books "strong" Q4 performance
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:21:00 GMT


Reliance Retail, the retail arm of industrial conglomerate Reliance Industries, booked a "strong" performance during the fourth quarter, with profit increasing more than fourfold.
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Textile hazardous substance report needs clarification
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 13:52:00 GMT


A report on hazardous substances in textile products published by Netherlands' RIVM has been deemed "well-balanced" by two leading European textile industry associations, but with need of some clarification.
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What have Canadian firms done since Rana Plaza?
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 09:50:00 GMT


A new report from the Shareholder Association for Research & Education (SHARE) looks at the response of Canadian businesses to the Rana Plaza disaster.
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Cotton growers facing "neglect, abuse and poverty"
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:01:00 GMT


Growing cotton is failing to provide millions of farmers with a sustainable and profitable livelihood, according to a report from the Fairtrade Foundation.
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Tesco swings to GBP6.38bn loss in "nightmare" year
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:06:00 GMT


UK retail giant Tesco has published what analysts have described as "a nightmare year" after it revealed a significant reduction in UK trading profit, the worst result in its 96-year history.
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Work still needed to enforce Bangladesh worker rights
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:08:00 GMT


If Bangladesh wants to avoid another Rana Plaza disaster, it needs to effectively enforce its labour law and ensure garment workers can voice their concerns without fear of reprisal, a human rights organisation has said.
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Sympatex Technologies joins Sustainable Apparel Coalition
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:56:00 GMT


Functional textile specialist Sympatex Technologies is the latest company to join the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), with plans to use the group's sustainability measurement tool, the Higg Index, to drive environmental responsibility across its supply chain.
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TTIP "significant potential" for European SMEs
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 09:27:00 GMT


An "ambitious and comprehensive" trade pact between the European Union (EU) and the US would offer significant potential to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) - including clothing, textiles and leather - says a new survey.
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Under Armour hailed "next global athletic company"
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 09:37:00 GMT


Under Armour has been hailed by one analyst as "the next global athletic company" after the US company recorded its 20th consecutive quarter of 20%-plus revenue growth.
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US court upholds 'Made in USA' lawsuit
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:14:00 GMT


A US court has upheld a law banning 'Made in USA' label on products containing foreign parts, and has rejected a motion to dismiss by retailer Macy's and denim company Citizens of Humanity.
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Rocky Brands books "pleasing" Q1
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:56:00 GMT


US apparel and footwear company Rocky Brands has booked a pleasing first-quarter performance thanks to an increase in earnings and sales.
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Tesco has "nightmare" year as profits plummet
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:06:00 GMT


UK retail giant Tesco has published what analysts have described as "a nightmare year" after it revealed a significant reduction in UK trading profit, the worst result in its 96-year history.
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House of Fraser to open in China as profit grows
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:21:00 GMT


UK department store group House of Fraser has revealed it will open its first store in China next year after posting record annual sales and strong profit growth.
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Wal-Mart simplifies management structure
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:39:00 GMT


US retail giant Wal-Mart is simplifying its operational structure through the removal of a layer of in-store management.
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DENIM DAYS: Orta and Garmon launch denim chemical screening
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:27:00 GMT


Turkey denim manufacturer Orta Anadolo and Garmon Chemicals have joined forces to be the first in the industry to apply the GreenScreen chemical hazard screening methodology on denim fabrics.
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Mango FY profit falls despite turnover growth
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:49:00 GMT


A near double-digit hike in turnover failed to boost the bottom line at Spanish fashion retailer Mango, with full-year profit falling 11.2%.
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Frederick's of Hollywood files for bankruptcy protection
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:04:00 GMT


US lingerie retailer Frederick's of Hollywood Inc has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after closing the last of its 94 brick-and-mortar stores to focus instead on its online business.
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Calls for greater social dialogue in Bangladesh
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:09:00 GMT


The International Labour Organization (ILO) is calling for greater social dialogue between the government, employers and workers in the Bangladesh ready-made garment sector, highlighting the "considerable benefits" this would bring.
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Adidas to use ocean plastic waste in products from 2016
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:26:00 GMT


Sporting goods giant Adidas Group has announced a long-term partnership with maritime awareness group Parley for the Oceans to coincide with the release of the company's annual sustainability report.
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European Commission plans to restrict NPEs in textiles
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:30:00 GMT


The European Commission has issued a draft regulation to restrict the use of nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs) in textile articles.
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Rana Plaza committee pays $9.8m in compensation
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:34:00 GMT


A committee set up in the wake of the Rana Plaza building collapse almost two years ago has distributed a total of BDT760m (US$9.8m) to the injured and family members of deceased and missing workers.
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SUSTAINABILITY: Adidas pushing self-governance for suppliers
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:52:00 GMT


Adidas' annual Group Sustainability Report offers a yearly snapshot of the company's achievements and challenges in the fields of the environment and social responsibility - but also gives a glimpse of the future.
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Amazon steps into shoe fit specialist Shoefitr
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:16:00 GMT


A 3D technology firm that has developed a tool to help shoppers select the best-fitting shoe size is reported to have been snapped up by online shopping giant Amazon.
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Coast promotes Skinner to MD in reshuffle
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 14:30:00 GMT


UK occasion wear retailer Coast has promoted Andrew Skinner to managing director as part of a restructure that will see CEO Kate Bostock focus on product development.
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Etam Group posts double-digit FY profit rise
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 10:40:00 GMT


Women's wear, lingerie and accessories retailer Etam Group has booked a double-digit increase in annual net profit, thanks to improved sales and margin growth.
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Dystar launches eco-friendly black dye
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:22:00 GMT


Dystar has launched a new black dye which is free of p-chloroaniline (PCA) and other regulatory-controlled amines and described by the company as a "complete and advanced novelty" in the industry.
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UK consumer spending could reach 10-year high
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:39:00 GMT


UK consumer confidence around disposable income reached its highest level in over three years during the first quarter of 2015 - suggesting this could be the best year for consumer spending since 2005.
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Shoe Zone issues H1 profit warning
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:22:00 GMT


UK footwear retailer Shoe Zone has issued a profit warning for the first half and full-year, with revenues and sales forecast behind the prior year and below market expectations, respectively.
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COMMENT: How will TPP emerge from fast-track trade bill?
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:40:00 GMT


A bipartisan package of bills introduced last week could pave the way for "fast track" negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). But there are still a lot of barriers before a TPP agreement emerges, believes Mike Flanagan - and it more than likely won't be the deal US apparel importers have pushed for.
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Primark H1 mixed on currency headwinds
Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:42:00 GMT


Value fashion giant Primark has booked mixed results in its first-half with sales boosted by new store openings, and profit and margins hit by currency headwinds.
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